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Jesus’ Flight from Peru

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  *This is a story used with permission and based on the experiences of an undocumented immigrant.   Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me in…”   Unable to care for him, Jesus’ parents left. What is a child to do with no parents? For a few years, Jesus found refuge […]

On the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

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  “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to their love, the group welcomed a stranger. When the shots rang out, the nine souls of Mother Emanuel AME Church heard the […]

A Land of Nightmares

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    Nightmares follow me or maybe I follow them. I was tossing and turning in a foreign bed. The road is often unkind to me. Event after event leaves me weary. I saw Emily torn to shreds by the bullets of the police. I knew the consequences of standing with Jesus. How did this […]

Stand Down America!

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  Last Saturday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were making a routine traffic stop when they were gunned down in a hail of bullets. There are many in this nation who heard about such a situation and believe that the two got what they deserved. After all, brutal police have […]

When Violent Bigots Meet

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This is not about Islam. I know too many Muslims to fall for that trick. This is about the consequences of unrestrained bigotry. Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative are bigots in every sense of the word. Today in Garland, Texas, the bigots hosted a “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” as a […]

A Prayer for Michael Slager: The North Charleston Killer*

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  *”…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” -Matthew 5:44   Oh Lord our God, it is hard to pray for anyone that would shoot a man in the back. Walter Scott didn’t deserve to die. While I wonder why you didn’t step in to stop this atrocity, I will leave that […]

Jesus is Dead! : An Easter Case for a Theological Resurrection

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Throughout my ministry, I have heard awful stories of pain, abuse and suffering. Though the stories are many and varied, there is one that sticks out above all others. During a time of group counseling around spiritual abuse, an older gentleman revealed that his youth group pinned him down and probed his ass with a […]

Not One More! : Words from Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Faith Leader Lobby Day

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  Good afternoon. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am standing right outside of the Governors office here in Texas. We just dropped off a faith leader sign on letter with over 550 signatures of Texas faith leaders…who are committed to abolishing the death penalty. I am so proud to be standing with […]

May Love Win: The Queerness of Working to Abolishing the Death Penalty

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*Words Delivered at Hope for Peace & Justice’s “I’m Queer and I Care Rally” at the Legacy of Love Monument in Dallas, Texas   Good evening, my name is the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace & Justice. I am grateful for this opportunity to be out here tonight […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #496 Richard Cobb / April 25, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Richard Cobb- “Life is death, death is life.” Matter is never created or destroyed. So what happens when we die? With the needle in his arm, Richard Cobb declared that there is life in death. The matter […]

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